MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) — A small plane crash at Mansfield Airport has claimed the lives of two men.
Mansfield police say instructor Sydney Miti, 31, of Waltham, Massachusetts and his student, 18-year-old Julian Lattermann of Dover, Massachusetts were on board the 2002 single-engine Cessna 172S aircraft when it went down around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to police, a radio transmission was made moments before the crash, indicating a missed approach as the plane maneuvered away from the runway.
The plane then flew past the Municipal Airport Administration building and crashed into the turf landing area.
Mansfield Fire Chief Neal Boldrighini says Mansfield Airport has multiple runways and the grass is actually one of the airport’s runways.
The NTSB and the FAA are investigating the crash.
The plane had taken off from Norwood Airport about an hour before the crash. Police say it was owned and operated by Horizon Aviation out of Norwood.
Fire departments from Mansfield, Norton and Foxboro all responded to the scene. Police said there was fuel leakage following the crash, but the plane did not catch fire as initially reported.
In a release issued Saturday evening, Mansfield Police expressed condolences to the families of the victims saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families during this tragic time.”
The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating what may have caused the plane to crash.